phytochemical

[ fahy-tuh-kem-i-kuh l ]
/ ˌfaɪ təˈkɛm ɪ kəl /

noun

Also called phytonutrient. any of various bioactive chemical compounds found in plants, as antioxidants, considered to be beneficial to human health.

adjective

of or relating to phytochemistry or phytochemicals.

Nearby words

  1. phyto-,
  2. phytoagglutinin,
  3. phytoalexin,
  4. phytobezoar,
  5. phytobiology,
  6. phytochemistry,
  7. phytochrome,
  8. phytocide,
  9. phytoclimate,
  10. phytocoenosis

Related formsphy·to·chem·i·cal·ly, adverb

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British Dictionary definitions for phytochemical

phytochemical

/ (ˌfaɪtəʊˈkɛmɪkəl) /

adjective

of or relating to phytochemistry or phytochemicals

noun

a chemical that occurrs naturally in a plant
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Science definitions for phytochemical

phytochemical

[ fī′tō-kĕmĭ-kəl ]

A plant-derived chemical that is not considered an essential nutrient in the human diet but is believed to have beneficial health effects.
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